Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 348 (Water in motion)

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#348. [Water in motion.] River. -- N. running water.

jet, spirt[obs], spurt, squirt, spout, spray, splash, rush, gush, jet d'eau[Fr]; sluice.

water spout, water fall; cascade, force, foss[obs]; lin[obs], linn[obs]; ghyll[obs], Niagara; cataract, rapids, white water, catadupe|, cataclysm; debacle, inundation, deluge; chute, washout.

rain, rainfall; serein[obs]; shower, scud; downpour; driving rain, drenching rain, cloudburst; hyetology[obs], hyetography[obs]; predominance of Aquarius[obs], reign of St. Swithin; mizzle[obs], drizzle, stillicidum[obs], plash; dropping &c. v.; falling weather; northeaster, hurricane, typhoon.

stream, course, flux, flow, profluence[obs]; effluence &c. (egress) 295; defluxion[obs]; flowing &c. v.; current, tide, race, coulee.

spring, artesian well, fount, fountain; rill, rivulet, gill, gullet, rillet[obs]; streamlet, brooklet; branch [U.S.]; runnel, sike[obs], burn, beck, creek, brook, bayou, stream, river; reach, tributary.

geyser, spout, waterspout.

body of water, torrent, rapids, flush, flood, swash; spring tide, high tide, full tide; bore, tidal bore, eagre[obs], hygre[obs]; fresh, freshet; indraught[obs], reflux, undercurrent, eddy, vortex, gurge[obs], whirlpool, Maelstrom, regurgitation, overflow; confluence, corrivation|.

wave, billow, surge, swell, ripple; [obs][Grk]; beach comber, riffle [U.S.], rollers, ground swell, surf, breakers, white horses, whitecaps; rough sea, heavy sea, high seas, cross sea, long sea, short sea, chopping sea.

[Science of fluids in motion] hydrodynamics; hydraulics, hydraulicostatics[obs]; rain gauge, flowmeter; pegology[obs].

irrigation &c. (water) 337; pump; watering pot, watering cart; hydrant, syringe; garden hose, lawn spray; bhisti[obs], mussuk[obs].

V. flow, run; meander; gush, pour, spout, roll, jet, well, issue; drop, drip, dribble, plash, spirtle[obs], trill, trickle, distill, percolate; stream, overflow, inundate, deluge, flow over, splash, swash; guggle[obs], murmur, babble, bubble, purl, gurgle, sputter, spurt, spray, regurgitate; ooze, flow out &c. (egress) 295.

rain hard, rain in torrents, rain cats and dogs, rain pitchforks; pour with rain, drizzle, spit, set in; mizzle[obs].

flow into, fall into, open into, drain into; discharge itself, disembogue[obs].

[Cause a flow] pour; pour out &c. (discharge) 297; shower down, irrigate, drench &c. (wet) 337; spill, splash.

[Stop a flow] stanch; dam, up &c. (close) 261; obstruct &c. 706.

Adj. fluent; diffluent[obs], profluent[obs], affluent; tidal; flowing &c. v.; meandering, meandry[obs], meandrous[obs]; fluvial, fluviatile; streamy[obs], showery,rainy, pluvial, stillicidous|; stillatitious[obs].

Phr. "for men may come and men may go but I go on forever" [Tennyson]; "that old man river, he just keeps rolling along" [Showboat].